Challenges and Opportunities for Educational Actors in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Paraguay

Keywords: Pandemic, Covid-19, education, perspectives, challenges


The measures implemented in response to COVID-19 have affected education systems around the world, generating significant disruptions. This study examines the main challenges and opportunities presented to the different educational actors in Paraguay considering the health emergency and the need to give continuity to the educational processes in the country from the last week of March until the first days of May 2020. A total of 2501 people participated, including teachers, students, parents of non-university students, and managers from educational institutions at all levels and from all over the country. It follows a mixed-quan-qual explanatory approach and data collection was conducted through online questionnaires. The study showed changes and strategies implemented by educational actors for the development of classes mediated by digital tools. The results reflect challenges related to access to technological resources, training in the use of ICT, and difficulties in carrying out school activities. Among the opportunities mentioned is the possibility of continuing with studies, learning about technology, and transforming the educational system. These show evidence of the need to improve access to technology to guarantee equal educational opportunities in the country. 


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Author Biographies

Valentina Canese, Universidad Nacional de Asunción - Paraguay

Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, Arizona State University. M.A. in Education with emphasis in Language and Language Policy, San Diego State University. B.A. in English Language, Universidad Nacional de Asunción. Director of the Instituto Superior de Lenguas, Universidad Nacional de Asunción.

Juan Ignacio Mereles, Universidad Nacional de Asunción - Paraguay

MSc. in Elaboration, Management and Evaluation of Scientific Research Projects, Universidad Nacional de Asunción. MSc. in Mathematics and Statistics, Universidad Nacional de Asunción. Postgraduate and Research Coordinator, Universidad Nacional de Asunción.

Jessica Amarilla, Universidad Nacional de Asunción - Paraguay

Master in Education, University of Western Australia. B.A. in English Language, Universidad Nacional de Asunción. Teacher at the National University of Asuncion.



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How to Cite
Canese, V., Mereles, J. I., & Amarilla, J. (2021). Challenges and Opportunities for Educational Actors in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Paraguay . Religación, 6(28), 167-181.